Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/20/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

HOU-OKC: Game Two Analysis (from 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/houston-rockets-oklahoma-city-thunder-game-2-analysis-563af76b69f6

From Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-oklahoma-city-thunder-houston-rockets-game-2-3b9ea97d31c5

GSW-POR: Game Two Analysis (from 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/golden-state-warriors-portland-trail-blazers-game-2-analysis-b3ba67319da9

From Anthony Slater, Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/20/five-observations-from-the-warriors-game-2-win-over-the-blazers/

How JaVale McGee Has Revived His Career And Reputation (from Harry Lyles, Jr, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/20/14846126/javale-mcgee-warriors-nba-playoffs-2017-shaqtin-a-fool

From Sam Amick, USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/04/20/javale-mcgee-warriors-playoffs/100685582/

Video Breakdown: JaVale McGee’s Alley-Oop Dunks (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/4/20/15368108/nba-playoffs-2017-video-warriors-blazers-game-2-javale-mcgee-alley-oop-dunk

WAS-ATL: Game Two Analysis (from 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/washington-wizards-atlanta-hawks-game-2-analysis-a5ed9eed29ba

Pacers: Essential Adjustments For Game 3 (from Adrian Lawhorn Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/19/indiana-pacers-adjustments-game-3/

Myles Turner Has Underperformed So Far (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/20/myles-turner-lance-stephenson-indiana-pacers-try-play-better-series/

CLE-IND: 5 Takeaways From 1st Two Games (from Zach Geoghegan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/19/cleveland-cavaliers-5-takeaways-2-games/

MIL-TOR: 6 Takeaways So Far (from Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/milwaukee-bucks/content/bucking-trends-6-key-takeaways-from-the-milwaukee-toronto-series

How Kidd Is Managing Bucks’ Rotation (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/04/19/notes-kidd-managing-shortened-playoff-rotation/100621030/

Tucker & Ibaka Play Critical Roles For Raptors (from Jordan Ritter, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-toronto-raptors-pj-tucker-serge-ibaka-1e60c1f15413

How Giannis Is Doing It (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/how-giannis-antetokounmpo-is-folding-the-basketball-floor-like-origami-vs-the-raptors/

CHI/BOS: Why It is Not The Typical 1-8 Matchup (from Andrew Tobolowsky, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/19/bulls-celtics-butler-isaiah-thomas-playoffs/

Brad Stevens: Bulls Are Defending Us Like The Hawks Did; Lineup Changes Are Possible  (from Jay King, Mass Live):

Read and watch it here: http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2017/04/brad_stevens_chicago_bulls_def.html

Robin Lopez’ Value Is On Full Display (from Easy Eis, Blog-a-bull):

Read and watch it here: http://www.blogabull.com/2017/4/19/15358596/the-value-of-robin-lopez-is-already-on-full-display-nba-playoffs-round-1-bulls-celtics-april-2017

Mirotic, Zipser And Portis have Been Huge So Far (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/new-big-three

How The Bulls Have Taken A 2-0 Lead (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/19/revitalized-rondo-bulls-take-commanding-2-0-lead/

The Top 5 Ways The Celtics Can Get Even (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?index=3&list=PLpIcK3MilCnYExvhkqMfPj1_qz6X3m_eh&v=7fzbIscLPok

–  The Value Of Gobert’s Defense And More About The Jazz (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/19/coaching-spin-jazz-sleeper-behind-gobert-hayward/

Quin Snyder’s Circuitous Path Helped Him Grow Into Successful NBA Coach (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/04/19/jazzs-quin-snyder-credits-circuitous-path-for-helping-him-grow-into-nba-head-coach/

5 Factors For Spurs’ Success (from Yegor Kariaguine, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/san-antonio-spurs/content/five-factors-for-spurs-playoff-success

Who Is Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On “D”? (from Chris Herring, Five Thirty Eight):

Read and watch it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-nba-players-who-are-too-busy-complaining-to-get-back-on-d/

Like almost everyone, Basketball Intelligence’s favorite NBA journalist/reporter/analyst is Zach Lowe.  Who will the “next generation Zach”?   For us, the leading contender is Adam Spinella of BBall Breakdown.  Just wanted to go on record before the bandwagon for Adam starts rolling.

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/5/17

Khris Middleton: The Perfect Complement To Giannis (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/khris-middleton-bucks-giannis-playoffs/

GSW 121, MIN 107 (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/04/warriors-sprint-away-from-timberwolves-with-another-dominant-third-quarter/

When Klay Thompson Takes Over (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/04/warriors-klay-thompson-kevin-durant-stephen-curry-steve-kerr

Steph Curry Is Magic Again  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-warriors-arent-better-without-kevin-durant-but-stephen-currys-become-magic-again-171130054.html

David West: Giving GSW More Than Its Money’s Worth (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/david-west-giving-warriors-more-than-their-moneys-worth/

Testing An Innovative Approach To Crunch Time (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here” http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078511/zach-lowe-basketball-tournament-innovative-end-game-rule

Sixth Man Of The Year Candidates (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/argument-every-2016-17-sixth-man-candidate/

Paul George Is Playing At All-NBA Level Again  (from Cameron Stewart, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/paul-george-is-playing-like-a-superstar-again-a6070448201b

Jaylen Brown: Still Not Getting The Credit He Deserves (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/05/jaylen-brown-continues-to-be-overlooked/

Shelvin Mack Adds To Jazz’ Versatile PG Position  (from Adam Coffman, Purple And Blues):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/04/utah-jazz-shelvin-mack-adds-point-guard/

Prospects To Watch In D-League Playoffs (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/d-league-tavares-moreland-brown-blue-playoffs/

James Johnson MIP?  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article142672154.html

Bradley, Smart, Crowder: Celtics’ Unmatched Defensive Trio  (from Marc D’Amico, Celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-040417-bostons-defensive-trio-is-unmatched-in-nba/

–  How Will The NBA  Address The Star Player DNP-Rest Issue? (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents19071734/end-82-game-nba-season

–  How Dirk Has Changed The Game  (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700301-generation-dirk-nowitzkis-heirs-on-how-the-dunking-deutschman-changed-the-game

–  Dirk: Relishing His New Role As Mentor (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078307/nba-dirk-nowitzki-relishing-new-role-dallas-mavericks-mentor

Singular Trait Links Saric’s Qualities (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/seltzers-notebook-singular-trait-links-sarics-endearing-qualities

Is Nwaba A Keeper?  (from Shereen Rayan):

Read it here: https://lakeshowlife.com/2017/04/04/lakers-newest-player-david-nwaba-proving-keeper/

QOTN (from SVG on the Magic’s “Leaked” Board):

“I don’t know that it has any relevance. There’s no big secret there. He’s got the names of good hybrid forwards on the board. Well, we all like those guys. It not like he’s got a secret list. Like, ‘Oh, you like that guy. I would have never thought of that.’ There were no surprises there, it was simply a working board. … I don’t know if there’s any NBA general manager, president or anything who can take a look at that list and do anything with it or gain any advantage by it.”

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/24/17

The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Spurs: Successfully Force-Feeding LMA Post Touches (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
Will Noel End Mavs’ Big Man Search?  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Jordan Crawford’s Revival (from ZachHarper, Fanrag Sports):
Harden Gets Fouled On 3s More Than Any NBA Team (from Chris Herring, fivethirtyeight.com):
The Cavs’ Defensive Struggles (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Video: The Spurs Being The Spurs (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
Stubborn Rotation Decisions Have Made Pacers’ Roster Flaws Worse (from C. Cooper, indycornrows.com):
The Wizards Need Rest (from Albert Burneko, Deadspin):
Jerry Stackhouse: Training For An NBA Head-Coaching Gig In The D-League (from Sam Fortier, The Ringer):
Amir Johnson Q & A (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
5 Biggest Concerns Facing Utah Jazz (from Jared Woodcox, purpleandblues.com):
Celtics: Starting To Find More Post Offense (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Olynyk’s 3-Point Game Helping Him All Over The Floor  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):
Film Room: The Uniqueness Of Klay Thompson’s Game (from Anthony Slater, Marcury News):
Brandon Jennings Has Reinvented Himself With The Wizards (from Ben Mehic, wizofawes.com):
Why The Pistons Are Falling Apart (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Kawhi Leonard’s Passion For Earl Lloyd Documentary (from Marc. J Spears, The Undefeated):
Steph Curry Q & A (from Robby Kalland, Dime Mag):
D-League MVP Finalists  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

 

CORRECTED: Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/8/17

Dirk’s Path To 30,000 (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18837562/how-dirk-nowitzki-fine-tuned-game-path-30000-points

The Mavs’ Accelerated Rebuild  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.mavs.com/recent-results-suggest-mavs-have-achieved-accelerated-rebuild/

The Next Generation (from The Step Back):

   –Dario Saric (from Adam Mcgee): http://fansided.com/2017/03/08/dario-saric-next-generation/

   –Jaylen Brown (from Jeff Siegel):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/08/jaylen-brown-next-generation/

   –Karl-Anthony Towns (from Chris Manning):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/08/next-generation-karl-anthony-towns/

Scott Brooks: The Wizard Of Washington (from Katie Baker, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-washington-wizards-scott-brooks-john-wall-bradley-beal-33e6a60ed931#.ovqen8z09

From Bradley Beal: http://bradleybeal.net/2017/03/07/a-new-day-in-dc/

 Attention To Defense Separates Spurs’ Leonard (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/OK-go-guard-him-Attention-to-defense-10983921.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=7f69d02a87c6ed8151

How Chris Paul Balanced Playing Ball With Negotiating Labor Peace (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-chris-paul-balanced-playing-ball-with-negotiating-labor-peace-163352019.html

Malcolm Brogdon, ROY Candidate  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/07/bucks-malcolm-brogdon-breaks-mold-vying-nba-rookie-year/98829510/

James Johnson’s Physical Transformation (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/heat-check/article136917233.html

6th Annual Luke Walton All-Stars: Role Players, Journeymen And Castoffs Thriving In Unexpected Circumstances (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18843801/zach-lowe-2017-luke-walton-all-stars-nba

The Bulls Are Building, Not Rebuilding  (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-chicago-bulls-are-building-not-rebuilding/

Pacers Are Using Small Lineups With Mixed Success (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2017/03/07/insider-pacers-using-small-lineups-mixed-success/98854574/

Patrick Beverley, Mr 94 Feet  (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/08/houston-rockets-patrick-beverley-heart/

The Suns’ Youth Movement: Finally And Fully Underway  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/08/phoenix-suns-became-fun/

Isaiah Thomas And The Place Of Experimentation (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/08/isaiah-thomas-and-the-place-of-experimentation/

Isaiah Thomas: Making History  (from Chris Forsbeg And Luke Knox, ESPN):

Read and watch it here: http://insider.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18749200/nba-how-isaiah-thomas-shattering-expectations-celtics

For Anthony Morrow, Overcoming Obstacles Is Not New (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/anthony-morrow-overcoming-obstacles-nothing-new

Film Room: David West is One Of The Best Passing Big Men  (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/07/film-room-david-wests-brilliant-passing-has-become-a-major-part-of-the-warriors-offense/

Measuring Teams’ Adjustments To New Key Players  (from Danny Clayton, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/measuring-nba-teams-adjustments-new-key-players/

Bogdanovic: Benefitting From Wall’s Playmaking (from Colby Giacubeno, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/wizards/bojan-bogdanovic-already-benefitting-john-walls-playmaking/

From Candace Buckner, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2017/03/08/once-weak-wizards-bench-now-looking-strong-enough-to-key-a-deep-playoff-run/

Analyzing Detroit’s Offense: Details Matter  (from Steve Shea, Basketball Analytics):

Read it here: http://www.basketballanalyticsbook.com/2017/03/06/analyzing-detroits-offense-details-matter/

The Brain Behind Chasson Randle’s Knicks Emergence (from Marc Berman, Ny Post):

Read and watch it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/07/the-brain-behind-chasson-randles-knicks-emergence/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/8/17

Dirk’s Path To 30,000 (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18837562/how-dirk-nowitzki-fine-tuned-game-path-30000-points

The Mavs’ Accelerated Rebuild  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.mavs.com/recent-results-suggest-mavs-have-achieved-accelerated-rebuild/

The Next Generation (from The Step Back):

   –Dario Saric (from Adam Mcgee): http://fansided.com/2017/03/08/dario-saric-next-generation/

   –Jaylen Brown (from Jeff Siegel):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/08/jaylen-brown-next-generation/

   –Karl-Anthony Towns (from Chris Manning):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/08/next-generation-karl-anthony-towns/

Scott Brooks: The Wizard Of Washington (from Katie Baker, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-washington-wizards-scott-brooks-john-wall-bradley-beal-33e6a60ed931#.ovqen8z09

From Bradley Beal: http://bradleybeal.net/2017/03/07/a-new-day-in-dc/

 Attention To Defense Separates Spurs’ Leonard (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/OK-go-guard-him-Attention-to-defense-10983921.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=7f69d02a87c6ed8151

How Chris Paul Balanced Playing Ball With Negotiating Labor Peace (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-chris-paul-balanced-playing-ball-with-negotiating-labor-peace-163352019.html

Malcolm Brogdon, ROY Candidate  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/07/bucks-malcolm-brogdon-breaks-mold-vying-nba-rookie-year/98829510/

James Johnson’s Physical Transformation (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/heat-check/article136917233.html

6th Annual Luke Walton All-Stars: Role Players, Journeymen And Castoffs Thriving In Unexpected Circumstances (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18843801/zach-lowe-2017-luke-walton-all-stars-nba

The Bulls Are Building, Not Rebuilding  (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-chicago-bulls-are-building-not-rebuilding/

Pacers Are Using Small Lineups With Mixed Success (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2017/03/07/insider-pacers-using-small-lineups-mixed-success/98854574/

Patrick Beverley, Mr 94 Feet  (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/08/houston-rockets-patrick-beverley-heart/

The Suns’ Youth Movement: Finally And Fully Underway  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/08/phoenix-suns-became-fun/

Isaiah Thomas And The Place Of Experimentation (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/08/isaiah-thomas-and-the-place-of-experimentation/

Isaiah Thomas: Making History  (from Chris Forsbeg And Luke Knox, ESPN):

Read and watch it here: http://insider.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18749200/nba-how-isaiah-thomas-shattering-expectations-celtics

For Anthony Morrow, Overcoming Obstacles Is Not New (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/anthony-morrow-overcoming-obstacles-nothing-new

Film Room: David West is One Of The Best Passing Big Men  (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/07/film-room-david-wests-brilliant-passing-has-become-a-major-part-of-the-warriors-offense/

Measuring Teams’ Adjustments To New Key Players  (from Danny Clayton, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/measuring-nba-teams-adjustments-new-key-players/

Bogdanovic: Benefitting From Wall’s Playmaking (from Colby Giacubeno, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/wizards/bojan-bogdanovic-already-benefitting-john-walls-playmaking/

From Candace Buckner, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2017/03/08/once-weak-wizards-bench-now-looking-strong-enough-to-key-a-deep-playoff-run/

Analyzing Detroit’s Offense: Details Matter  (from Steve Shea, Basketball Analytics):

Read it here: http://www.basketballanalyticsbook.com/2017/03/06/analyzing-detroits-offense-details-matter/

The Brain Behind Chasson Randle’s Knicks Emergence (from Marc Berman, Ny Post):

Read and watch it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/07/the-brain-behind-chasson-randles-knicks-emergence/